Little Women

1994

Little Women

Critics Consensus

Thanks to a powerhouse lineup of talented actresses, Gillian Armstrong's take on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women proves that a timeless story can succeed no matter how many times it's told.

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This newest version of Louisa May Alcott's tender novel is considered to be among the best as it chronicles the lives of four sisters growing up in the mid nineteenth century. The story is set in New England during and immediately after the Civil War. The four March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are living alone with their mother Marmee. Their father has left to fight in the Union Army and their standard of living and social status has been greatly reduced. The story primarily focuses upon Jo, a budding writer of adventure and crime stories. As the seasons turn and years pass the girls grow up. Meg marries her former tutor Brooke, Beth is damaged by scarlet fever, and Jo spurns Laurie after he proposes. Marmee advises Jo to celebrate her independence and Jo moves to New York where she becomes a trashy novelist under the pen name "Joseph." In New York she meets Friedrich Bhaer a German philosophy professor. She feels an instant connection to him. Meanwhile Amy is in Europe studying art when she encounters Laurie who has become a playboy. After a family tragedy and at the behest of her mentor the professor, Jo changes her writing style and becomes Louisa May Alcott.

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Cast

Winona Ryder
as Jo March
Susan Sarandon
as Mrs. March
Trini Alvarado
as Meg March
Eric Stoltz
as John Brooke
Gabriel Byrne
as Friedrich Bhaer
Claire Danes
as Beth March
Kirsten Dunst
as Younger Amy March
Samantha Mathis
as Older Amy March
John Neville
as Mr. Laurence
Mary Wickes
as Aunt March
Robin Collins
as Carriage Boy
Corrie Clark
as Belle Gardiner
Rebecca Toolan
as Mrs. Gardiner
Matthew Walker
as Mister March
Curt Willington
as Red Haired Young Man
Billie Pleffer
as Naughty Girl
Louella Pleffer
as Naughty Girl
Janne Mortil
as Sally Moffat
Sarah Strange
as Sally's Friend
Ahnee Boyce
as Sally's Friend
Marco Roy
as Mr. Parker
A.J. Unger
as Ned Moffat
Janie Wood-Morris
as Boston Matron
Janie Woods-Morris
as Boston Matron
Patricia Leith
as Boston Matron
Christine Lippa
as Mrs. Hummel
Kristina West
as Hummel Child
Nicole Babuick
as Hummel Child
Jenna Percy
as Hummel Child
Alan Robertson
as Dr. Bangs
Mar Andersons
as Fred Vaughn
Bethoe Shirkoff
as Art Teacher
Marilyn Norry
as Mrs. Kirk
Tegan Moss
as Minnie Kirk
Janet Craig
as Miss Norton
Beverley Elliott
as Irish Maid
James Leard
as Office Worker
Charles Baird
as Office Worker
Jay Brazeau
as Dashwood
Demetri Goritsas
as Bhaer's Student
Kate Robbins
as Opera Singer/Leila
Donal Logue
as Jacob Mayer
Scott Bellis
as John McCracken
John Shaw
as Charles Botts
Irene Miscisco
as French Maid
Peter James Haworth
as Male Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Little Women

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

Audience Reviews for Little Women

  • Dec 11, 2013
    Let's skip over the Liz Taylor version from the 40s and state that this treatment of the tale is a good following of the tradition. Perhaps not as charming as the one in the 30s, it nonetheless features some good acting particularly by Gabriel Byrne as the old guy who ends up with one of the young 'uns.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2013
    The literary classic Little Women is adapted again for a modern audience in this wonderful coming of age film. The story follows the March sisters as they struggle to cope with the absence of their father and grow up during the Civil War. The cast is excellent, and includes Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Susan Sarandon; who all deliver great performances. The costumes and set designs are also exceptionally well done. Yet, the film does have problems providing enough character development. Though it has some issues, this is an enchanting and compelling cinematic adaptation of Little Women.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2011
    The movie starts with Abigail March (Susan Sarandon) raising four young daughters while her husband is off fighting in the Civil Wars. It is basically about the growing up of the March sisters: spunky Jo (Winona Ryder), the delightful Amy (young - Kirsten Dunst, older - Samantha Mathis), angelic Beth (Claire Danes) and virtuous Meg (Trini Alvarado). The film follows the girls, as well as their mother as they laugh and bicker through the many situations that come their way. The male characters are also interesting. They live next door to a wealthy man whose grandson Laurie (a very hot Christian Bale) becomes a suitor to Jo, the independent daughter who wants to become a writer. All events lead to Jo and Laurie becoming an item, but when Laurie proposes, Jo refuses. We get to know Mr. Brooke (Eric Stoltz) who will become very important in Meg's life while Gabriel Byrne plays Friedrich Bhaer who wins Winona Ryder's love during her time in New York. The cinematography is breathtaking and the performances are pretty good. Winona Ryder, Christian Bale and a young Kirsten Dunst in particular do a very good job as does Susan Sarandon who plays Marmee.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Yet another version of the classic novel. I loved the cast, and of course the story is timeless, so it's a good movie. The only problem is that if you've seen the other little women movies, it's just the same story again. Anyway, it's good movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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